June 15th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
If you like your inspo rugged and natural then today’s Nordic wedding styled shoot will be ticking all the boxes – and then some! Getting back to basics, the shoot brings together nothing more than a field, a teepee and a fire pit for an all-out bohemian affair inspired by rustic charm.
Conceived by photographer and Brides Up North Sponsor Jenny Maden, the photo shoot is brimming with all kinds of pretty, including copper cutlery, sheepskin rugs and cow hides. We think it’s safe to say that Jenny nailed it when it came it rounding up the best wedding suppliers for her shoot.
The ‘bride’ looks simply gorgeous with her pared back gown and dainty flower crown, a real ethereal beauty if ever we saw one. You’d never guess that the weather delayed the shoot though, because if anything, the pale grey skies only add to the drama. Proof that a little rain isn’t always a bad thing on your big day!
Enough talking though – it’s time to scroll through the dreamy photos and soak up all those cool Nordic vibes!
With images by Jenny Maden Photography. Model, Charlotte Brown.
jenny says: Following a recent trip to Iceland, I had been poring over Instagram and Pinterest for Nordic-inspired interiors, landscapes and artwork. I love the simplicity and earthiness of their styling and wanted this bridal shoot to reflect a wild Nordic theme.
We chose a field in a farming area of Denton, North Yorkshire, for the shoot. Getting out into the sticks helped to achieve that feeling of remoteness and wilderness! We also featured a teepee, provided by Bar Events UK. We used one of their small teepees but they also provide much larger structures, should events require a larger capacity. Bar Events UK also provided our wooden tables and benches, as well as the fire pit.
The interior of the tepee was styled by Ange at Floral Dance, using some of her own collection of props, alongside some amazing pieces sourced from Alpine Lifestyle Boutique in Ilkley. This shop is an absolute joy to visit; full of unique and quirky pieces. Lots of natural materials were used to achieve the rustic, Nordic look, including wood, sheepskin rug and cow hides, copper cutlery, vintage brown pot vases, a silver rug, and pampas grass in copper pots. The lovely Raspberry Toast also provided us with beautiful stationery.
We also had a flower archway, made from copper piping, intertwined with hazel, birch twigs, dried phalaris grass, eucalyptus and yellow broom to create a very wild and dramatic backdrop.
Laura from Sugar Fancies took our brief and ran with it, incorporating both the earthly colour palettes and the geometric shapes into her cake, biscuits and truffles. She also provided handmade marshmallows for the tepee campfire.
The model wore the Bilene gown by Soon Bride – a new London-based brand designed and made in the UK, and The Aisle – who supplied the dress on the day – is one of the only stockists in the country. For us, it was about the modern bride who wants an effortless style, and something completely different to anything else out there. We loved how this dress had two looks – the slip, on its own, is elegant and simple yet flattering, but then the lace wrap layer adds a romantic touch. It fitted the style of the shoot perfectly.
Sarah from Manor House Spa prepped the model’s hair with sea salt spray and created waves with styling tongs. Rope braids were added and held a flower crown perfectly in place, with a fishtail down the length of the hair to add texture to the waves. The floral crown was made from craspedia, sprayed copper asparagus fern, eucalyptus and pampas grass in a mixture of colours and rich textures.
Makeup artist Emma Denton gave our model a really dark matte smoky eye using the Charlotte Tilbury sophisticate eyeshadow palette and YSL waterproof black eyeliner. Flawless skin with sculpted and highlighted cheekbones and a gorgeous peach nude matte lip was used to finish the look off. These products work very well on camera.
The model carried a beautiful round bridal bouquet – also supplied by Floral Dance – made from anigozanthos, four season rose, craspedia, curcuma, senecio, eucalyptus, phalaris grass and copper asparagus fern, which complemented her look perfectly.
Admittedly, the weather was not on our side on the morning of the shoot. The field was so boggy that one of our delivery vans got stuck in the mud and we huddled around the fire pit in the tepee for the first hour of the shoot! Thankfully, the rain did ease, allowing us to get some great outdoor shots.
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Originally from north of the border, Alexis has lived in the North East for the past 15 years and considers herself officially an adopted Geordie. A qualified journalist - Alexis took up the position of editor at the region’s longest running business publication in 2015 before moving into a marketing role for one of the UK’s largest independent arts and craft galleries. Alexis currently edits her own lifestyle blog, where you can find her latest musings on all things Newcastle-related, together with a smattering of her Instagram-worthy cocktail and foodie pics. Yet to find Mr Right herself, Alexis sees this as a mere formality when it comes to tying the knot, as she’s already picked out her dream wedding dress, theme and venue...
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